The Supreme Court has sought the Bihar government's response to a plea challenging release of ex-Lok Sabha MP Anand Mohan. The plea was filed by the wife of slain IAS officer G Krishnaiah.
This must be a cause of concern and worry for CM Nitish Kumar. Another point to note is the SC has also issued notice to Anand Mohan to be served through the Superintendent of Police, Saharsa district, and agreed to hear the matter next week.
“Life imprisonment, when awarded as a substitute for the death penalty, has to be carried out strictly as directed by the court and would be beyond the application of remission,"
Uma Krishnaiah said in her petition before the Supreme Court. Anand Mohan was released from jail in Saharas after the Nitish Kumar government amended prison rules as per which the convicts having served 14 or 20 years in jail could be released.
The Bihar home department had notified the change in rule 481 (1-a) of the Bihar Prison Manuel, 2012, which deleted the phrase “or murder of a Government servant on duty”.
Mohan was convicted in the killing of the then Gopalganj district magistrate G Krishnaiah on December 5, 1994, in Muzaffarpur. As per the probe, the don-turned-politician had instigated a mob that dragged the IAS officer out of his car and lynched him.